Thirty-two walks issued by Giants pitchers in the series, although only the three in the 14th with a 3-run lead last night really mattered. Merkin Valdez had a series to forget--2/3 IP, 5 ER, walk-off slam--but he had company, Justin Miller's line was 7 ER and 2 losses in 2/3 IP. Now we can see why those two guys are the last ones out of the 'pen. I didn't expect much from Miller this season, and until his awful August he was a decent pickup. Valdez, on the other hand, I had high hopes for, especially after his impressive May, but 24 ER and 24 BB in 42 IP will not get you steady work in the bigs. I should be fairly sanguine after a 5-6 trip, but blowing two leads in Denver (and losing with Tim on the mound--even he had five walks) leaves me quite unsatisfied. We were very close to a split and very close to taking 3 of 4 from our main adversaries but could not pull it off. The white-hot Crockies are playing great baseball, and they took it to us. Sometimes you just have to accept that the other team is better.
It is a tall order for Matt Cain tonight at home--Dan Haren is one of the best (3.26 FIP, 7th in the NL; 4.6 WAR, 4th in the league). The Giants need a win and they need the bats to deliver some clutch hits. Bochy is saying all the right things, but a change in the team's fortunes will take more than talk.